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University of California, Irvine Improves Operating Room Efficiencies with Perioperative Information System from Surgical Information Systems

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 General News J E 4
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New anesthesiology system significantly improves billing revenue while reducing errors

ATLANTA, Oct. 13 -- University of California, Irvine Medical Center has used an automated perioperative solution from Surgical Information Systems (SIS) to increase operating room efficiencies, improving quality assurance, enhancing billing revenue and improving compliance.

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UC Irvine recently went live with SIS Anesthesia, an automated anesthesia information system, as part of a comprehensive perioperative solution including powerful tools for business intelligence and charge capture.  “We were up and running with SIS Anesthesia in less than five months, and the system has already enabled significant turnarounds for our perioperative environment,” said Dr. Zeev Kain, Chairman of the department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care at UC Irvine.  “Our anesthesia billing time has dropped from an estimated two weeks to 24 hours in most cases.  Use of the SIS Solution has allowed us to successfully meet our clinical, financial and operational goals.”

Improved documentation capabilities with SIS have allowed UC Irvine to demonstrate higher levels of compliance with regulatory organizations and institute an advanced quality assurance system.  Additionally, with the new SIS mobile application for SIS Analytics, physicians have “anywhere-any time” access to powerful data for decision making from the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch.  

“SIS applauds the best practices adopted by UC Irvine in their use of SIS Anesthesia,” said SIS CEO Ed Daihl.  “With comprehensive, legible anesthesia records and electronic charge capabilities, sites like UC Irvine can reduce the turnaround time for payment, maximize revenue and realize a decrease in traditional billing service fees.”

About UC Irvine Medical Center

UC Irvine Medical Center is Orange County's only university research hospital, Level I trauma center, American College of Surgeons-verified regional burn center and National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. It offers acute- and general-care service at its new 482,000-square-foot UC Irvine Douglas Hospital.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,200 staff. The top employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $4.2 billion. For more UC Irvine news, visit www.today.uci.edu.

About SIS

SIS provides software solutions that are uniquely designed to add value at every point of the perioperative process. Developed specifically for the complex surgical environment, all SIS solutions – including anesthesia – are architected on a single database and integrate easily with other hospital systems. SIS offers the only surgical scheduling system endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA), and a rules-based charging system that has been granted Peer Reviewed status by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

For more information visit our website, www.SISFirst.com.

SOURCE Surgical Information Systems

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